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Policy Briefs & Reports

As part of our effort to integrate research and practice, Center X is developing a set of policy briefs and reports on current educational issues.

A Community Zoned for Change: A School Choice Policy Development Research Report (December 2009)
In communities with historically limited public education opportunities, how do people come together to improve their schools? In the Pico Union community of central Los Angeles, within Local District 4 of the Los Angeles Unified School District, grassroots groups responded to the challenge by organizing a school choice plan. This reform—the Belmont Zone of Choice (BZOC)—engages teachers, community members, families, and students in a portfolio of neighborhood small schools that share a common set of high expectations for all students—college readiness, career preparation, and civic participation. Created in 2007, the BZOC initiative is about to enter its fourth year. This report documents the origins, features, and consequences of the BZOC from a variety of perspectives. Our intent is to provide timely information and insights to help improve the process—from January to April 2010—by which students will choose schools and LAUSD administrators will assign students to schools. We also hope the lessons learned will be helpful to LAUSD as it establishes new zones of choice as part of its historic Public School Choice Resolution.
School Choice: A Policy Brief (March 2007)
This policy brief summarizes the range of school choice policies and research on the link between these policies and two forms of educational outcomes: the academic achievement of individual students and the just distribution of common schooling.
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